Calvin Seerveld (b. 1930) was professor of aesthetics at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto from 1972 until he retired in 1995. Educated at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan; the University of Michigan; and the Free University of Amsterdam (Ph.D.), he also studied at Basel University in Switzerland, the University of Rome, and the University of Heidelberg. Seerveld began his career by teaching at Bellhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi (1958-1959), and at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois (1959-1972). A fine Christian scholar, fluent in various biblical and modern languages, he is published widely in aesthetics, biblical studies, and philosophy. His books include Take Hold of God and Pull (1966), The Gr… Go to person page >
Assurance that God will surely keep safe those who take refuge under the LORD's wings.
st. 1 = vv. 1-2
st. 2 = vv. 3-6
st. 3 = vv. 7-10
st. 4v= vv. 11-13
st. 5 = vv. 14-16
Composed for godly worshipers at the temple, Psalm 91 assures those who dwell "in the shelter of the Most High" (v. 1) that they need never be afraid (st. 1); the LORD will be their sure refuge from all enemies and dangers (st. 2). Though thousands perish around them, God's people will be safe (st. 3). God charges the angels to keep his people from harm (st. 4): I will keep you safe because you trust in me (st. 5). Satan applied verses 11 and 12 specifically to Jesus when he was being tempted in the wilderness, but the psalm is appropriate for all who confess, “The LORD . . . ‘is my refuge and my fortress’” (v. 2). Calvin Seerveld (PHH 22) versified this psalm in 1985 for the Psalter Hymnal.
Traditional for New Year celebrations. As a psalm of trust in the Lord's care and keeping, it has many applications in Christian worship.
William Knapp (b. Wareham, Dorsetshire, England, 1698; d. Poole, Dorsetshire, 1768) composed WAREHAM, so named for his birthplace. A glover by trade, Knapp served as the parish clerk at St. James's Church in Poole (1729-1768) and was organist in both Wareham and Poole. Known in his time as the "coun…
DEUS TUORUM MILITUM (sometimes called GRENOBLE) was published in France in the 1753 Grenoble Antiphoner as a setting for the text "Deus tuorum militum" (“The God of Your Soldiers”). One of the finest French diocesan tunes from the eighteenth century, it represents a departure in Roman Catholic h…
Display Title: Whoever Shelters with the LORDFirst Line: Whoever shelters with the LORDTune Title: WAREHAMAuthor: Calvin SeerveldMeter: 22.214.171.124Scripture: Psalm 91Date: 2012Subject: Affliction | ; Angels | ; Church Year | Lent; Comfort and Encouragement | ; Daily Prayer | Night Prayer; Darkness | ; Enemies | ; Fear | ; Freedom from Fear | ; God | Trust in; God as | Refuge; God's | Safety; God's | Wings; God's | Love; God's | Name; God's | Power; God's | Protection; Hope | ; Love for God | ; Occasional Services | Funerals; Occasional Services | New Year; People of God / Church | Suffering; Prayer | Answer to; Prayer | ; Temptation And Trial | ; Trust | ; Year B, Ordinary Time after Pentecost, October 16-22 | ; Year C, Lent, 1st Sunday | ; Year C, Ordinary Time after Pentecost, September 25-October 1 |
Display Title: Whoever Shelters with the LORDFirst Line: Whoever shelters with the LORDTune Title: DEUS TUORUM MILITUMAuthor: Calvin SeerveldMeter: LMScripture: Psalm 91Date: 1987Subject: Comfort & Encouragement | ; Election | ; Funerals | ; New Year - Old Year | ; Temptation & Trial | ; Trust in God | ; Afflictions |